Who We Are

What We Do

We support the ever-expanding PACEs movement by educating people about PACEs science. We engage them in the movement by increasing the number of people who join PACEs Connection. We help communities launch and grow PACEs initiatives, online and in person, and provide tools to help them measure their progress. We act as the information resource for the PACEs movement by telling its stories and providing resources.

Our Vision

A resilient world where all people thrive. 

 

Our Mission

The human and digital catalyst that grows and supports the worldwide PACEs and resilience movement, and tells its authentic stories.

Equity & Inclusion Statement

PACEs Connection is an anti-racist organization committed to the pursuit of social justice.

In our work to promote resilience and prevent and mitigate ACEs, we will intentionally embrace and uplift people who have historically not had a seat at the table. PACEs Connection will celebrate the voices and tell the stories of people who have been barred from decision making and who have shouldered the burden of systemic and economic oppression as the result of genocide, slavery, family separation, forced relocation, mass incarceration, red lining and all other practices, policies and institutions that have traumatized marginalized groups. These groups include people of color, people living with mental health and substance use challenges, people living with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQI community. 

Our Values

As individuals and as an organization, it is our intention and daily practice to encourage and model these core values:  

  • Integrity. Transparency. 

  • Equity. Inclusion.  

  • Empathy. Compassion.  

  • Joy. Celebration.

  • Courage.

Integrity. Transparency. We manage through trust not control. To create trust and an accountable environment where everyone feels they can say what needs to be said when it needs to be said, we maintain an environment free from hidden agendas or conditions, accompanied by full information and no fear of retaliation. We speak directly, do what we say we will do and have pure motives. We contribute authentically and participate fully. We are leaders and we model leadership at every level. 


Equity. Inclusion.  We regularly examine our roles in perpetuating inequitable systems and work to change inequitable practices, structures and policies that contribute to ACEs, and maintain an environment where everyone is welcomed, respected, supported and valued.

Empathy. Compassion.  We value empathy, which validates the experiences of others and is born from compassion.

Joy. Celebration.  We cultivate resilience and equanimity by sharing the truth of our stories and celebrating our lessons learned and our successes. 

Courage. Knowing that we, ourselves, are the foundation for our success and the key to achieving our vision, we encourage and provide opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement and satisfaction. Our courage is grounded in the body and is a measure of our heartfelt participation in life, with one another, and with our work.

Our Staff

Sorry but she doesn’t know where Mork is ;)

Mindy Atwood

Graphic Designer

Mindy Atwood

Graphic Designer

Research disseminator, advocate for children and families, life-long learner 

Natalie Audage

Family and Community

Resources Lead

Natalie Audage

Family and Community

Resources Lead

Data driven thinker. Child advocate. Reality T.V. Enthusiast.

Marianne Avari

Data Science Manager

Marianne Avari

Data Science Manager

Dana Brown

Organizational Liaison

Dana Brown

Organizational Liaison

Global Change Agent. Seeker. History Buff. Warrior Spirit.

Alison Cebulla

Northeast Community Facilitator

Alison Cebulla

Northeast Community Facilitator

Truth seeker, absorber of ACEs science information, action taker, trail runner.

Karen Clemmer

Northwest Community Facilitator, including Northern California

Karen Clemmer

Northwest Community Facilitator, including Northern California

A #PHNerd who weaves nursing with ACEs science to nudge systems change for a dreamy future!

Trauma-Informed Change Agent.  Research Translator. BIG PICTURE Thinker.  Herder of Cats.

Ingrid Cockhren

Director, Cooperative of Communities

Ingrid Cockhren

Director, Cooperative of Communities

Central Valley, CA, raised, currently on Chochenyo Ohlone Land. 8/10 ACEs.

John Flores

California Central Valley, Central Coast Community Facilitator

John Flores

California Central Valley, Central Coast Community Facilitator

Social justice advocate, PACEs champion, social work scholar, & UGA fan. 

Porter Jennings-McGarity

Midwest Community Facilitator

Porter Jennings-McGarity

Midwest Community Facilitator

Envisions a future where schools and communities are resilient trauma-responsive ecosystems engaging head and heart in equal measure.

Lara Kain

Education Lead

Lara Kain

Education Lead

Community networker and connector extraordinaire; upstream public health-er;  self-care enthusiast.

Gail Kennedy

Operations and Strategic Partnerships Lead, Capitol Region (CA) Community Facilitator

Gail Kennedy

Operations and Strategic Partnerships Lead, Capitol Region (CA) Community Facilitator

Artist, mom, carpool driver, school volunteer, shoelace tie-er.

Val Krist

Graphic and Web Designer

Val Krist

Graphic and Web Designer

Indigenous-rooted, raised in a tiny town, scientific-brained, 9/10 ACEs, resilient mobilizer

Rafael Maravilla

Network Manager

Rafael Maravilla

Network Manager

Media booster, networker, community organizer, and cycling advocate.

Sylvia Paull

Media strategist, high-tech liaison, writer. 

Sylvia Paull

Media strategist, high-tech liaison, writer.  

One star in the constellation of everyday people seeking to move public policy toward justice.

Elizabeth Prewitt

Policy Analyst

Elizabeth Prewitt

Policy Analyst

Committed to educating and empowering people to use knowledge about ACEs and trauma to heal their families and communities.

Donielle Prince

 San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

Donielle Prince

San Francisco Bay Area Community Facilitator

climate activist,

globalist, and typically

over caffeinated

Jenna Quinn

Project Manager

Jenna Quinn

Project Manager

What gets measured gets done — ACE scores are a yardstick for the world’s most intractable problems.

Samantha Sangenito

Data Science and Sustainability Lead

Samantha Sangenito

Data Science and Sustainability Lead

Disrupter of multi-generational cycles of trauma and addiction. Just one generation of trauma-free humans can end poverty.

Carey Smith Sipp
Southeast Community Facilitator

Carey Smith Sipp
Southeast Community Facilitator

Inspirer of safe change and solutions, ace connector, a steward of planet Earth, cat lady.

Jane Stevens

Founder, publisher

Jane Stevens

Founder, publisher

Chronicler of stories, reporter on all things trauma and resilience, solution seeker.

Laurie Udesky

Staff Reporter

Laurie Udesky

Staff Reporter

PACEs Connection is a social network that recognizes the impact of a wide variety of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in shaping adult behavior and health, and that promotes trauma-informed and resilience-building practices and policies in all families, organizations, systems and communities.

We support communities to accelerate the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences to solve our most intractable problems.